The Council Rock Education Foundation has awarded $43,000 for 10 grants that will fund various innovative projects or equipment around the district not affordable under the regular district budget.
The awards were announced by CREF Executive Director Gail Acosta at a recent school board meeting.
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Since 2007, when it reformed after several years of not being active, the foundation has awarded more than $400,000 for 136 grants.
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The grants are:
- $10,000 for a software program to enhance instruction for English language learners across the district;
- $10,000 to establish a CREF/CRSD technology lending library that will make science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics resources available for loan to students and teachers across the district;
- $4,730 to Sol Feinstone Elementary School to bolster instruction on ancient civilizations through virtual field trips to the Egyptian Pyramids, Great Wall of China and other places;
- $4,685 to the district’s Sloan School alternative program and ACHIEVE special education program for a kinesthetic initiative designed to engage students in engineering and building by learning about robotics, renewable resources, civil engineering and teamwork;
- $4,235 to Newtown Middle School for a Laser Logo project where students will learn the laser design and engraving process;
- $3,000 for a Greenhouse project aimed at developing horticultural skills in Sloan School and ACHIEVE students so they are equipped to seek jobs in that industry;
- $2,650 for a program at Holland Elementary School that uses robotic devices as a platform to teach students programming and engineering;
- $1,685 for a program at Council Rock High School South designed to give students a better understanding of what it means to come of age in today’s eclectic world;
- $1,232 to Hillcrest Elementary School to provide additional resources to improve phonological and phonemic awareness;
- $700 to Hillcrest for MakeyMakey kits to teach computer programming and its many applications.